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Experiments with truth: 10/6/09

Afghanistan-Iraq-War-Protest

An estimated 500 people gathered at the White House yesterday to protest the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and to request a meeting with President Barack Obama. Some of the demonstrators chained themselves to the White House fence and some lay prone on the sidewalk as if they were dead, while others chanted "mourn the dead, heal the wounded, end the war". Sixty-one were arrested.

  • Some 800,000 teachers, medical workers and other public-sector staff went on strike in Romania yesterday to protest pay cuts imposed by the government under pressure from the International Monetary Fund. Hospitals only dealt with emergencies and teachers supervised children without conducting lessons.
  • About 10 people were involved in the blockade of a coal loading depot in South Lanarkshire as part of a protest against open cast coal mines in the area and 13 new mines due to open in Scotland. Five were arrested.